IS­LAND DREAMS

With its sparkling turquoise wa­ters and pris­tine beaches, Tif­fany Dowd dis­cov­ers laid­back lux­ury in the Turks and Caicos Is­lands.

Signature Travel & Lifestyle - - Destination Turks and Caicos -

Iknow I am on fi­nal ap­proach to Prov­i­den­ciales when I hear the “oohs” and “ahhs” of fel­low pas­sen­gers pressed up against the win­dows. As a fre­quent vis­i­tor to the Turks and Caicos Is­lands, I too let out a self-in­dul­gent sigh each time I catch a glimpse of the translu­cent turquoise wa­ters sur­round­ing this is­land par­adise. Even the clouds seem to re­flect th­ese beau­ti­ful shades of blue, and it al­ways takes my breath away.

The Bri­tish Over­seas Ter­ri­tory of Turks and Caicos is a chain of 40 pris­tine is­lands just south of the Ba­hamas in the At­lantic Ocean, 885 kilo­me­tres south­east of Mi­ami. Only eight of th­ese is­lands are in­hab­ited, with ‘Provo’ be­ing the fa­vorite des­ti­na­tion for sun-seek­ers and beach-lovers.

The is­land’s fa­mous pow­dery Grace Bay Beach, which spans 19 kilo­me­tres, is like no other. It is eas­ily one of the most beau­ti­ful stretches of beach in the world where days be­gin with long strolls by the sea and end with bril­liant sun­sets dip­ping be­low the hori­zon.

Heaven sent I’m stay­ing at The Palms Turks and Caicos, set in the heart of Grace Bay, a re­fresh­ing re­treat with its white-washed co­ral stone ar­chi­tec­ture and ope­nair court­yard lined with palms trees gen­tly sway­ing in the breeze. With only 72 rooms and suites, each dec­o­rated in Caribbean trop­i­cal dé­cor, the views of the beach and turquoise sea give new mean­ing to the term ‘pic­ture win­dow’.

I start my day with morn­ing yoga fol­lowed by a light break­fast in the tran­quil gar­den, won­der­ing if I should con­tinue my un­struc­tured day by the ser­pen­tine pool with its swim-up bar or un­der a hatch-shell ca­bana at the beach. One thing I do know is that af­ter­noon naps on my bal­cony lounge bed will be­come my daily rit­ual.

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